Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Texas Hill Country Springtime Blues

By March, winter-weary folks in northern climes look for crocus breaking a crust of snow. 

But here in the Texas Hill Country, if we had rain the winter before, bluebonnets rise from the hardscrabble hills like proof of hope.

Bluebonnets growing from a caliche slope near New Braunfels. 
April 9, 2010.

We head to the country for roadside revelry among carpets of wildflower blue.  The flowers are all the more precious because we don't know when they will grow again.

See the photographer and sweetheart at the top of the ridge? 
March 18, 2012

This year, Spring 2013, is an off-year for flowers in the Hill Country.  We've had only a few meaningful rains from last fall into this March.  In fact, if rainfall doesn't inch up, we're on target for another Chihuahua Desert summer.

So we squint as we drive, exclaiming at roadside patches where a few blue survivors brave the dust.  Life is short, we celebrate when we can.

Copyright 2009-2013 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Even the bluebonnets in my backyard wildflower bed are sparse this year and we've actually had plenty of rain. Maybe it just isn't their year.

  2. Those ones must have had a little extra rain because they are the best I have seen. Enjoy them while they last.

  3. I miss seeing all the bluebonnets this year. They are so beautiful when the conditions are right.

  4. I had a babysitter when I was a little girl who used to sing this song: Blue, blue, blue bonnets oh, so blue. Your wide eyes are shining/Through the silvery dew. Etc. I love your photos!

  5. I"m heading out towards Fredericksburg this weekend and am hoping for more sightings out that way. Here in West Austin we don't have more than 1 or 2 tiny rosettes forming up. And they don't look like they'll be anywhere near blooming for weeks... No "Easter (blue)Bonnets" for us this year.

  6. Beautiful wildflowers, the colour is amazing.
    xoxoxo ♡

  7. I'm hoping there will be more bluebonnets in April! But it has been too dry. . .

  8. I wish we had (had) more rain.


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